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A young woman is viciously murdered in Queens. The killer has left every indication that this will be the first in a long reign of terror. Detective Kate Manning is hunting the elusive butcher while desperately trying to decipher his message. Following the trail of blood, Kate will be pushed to her limits, as she is drawn into an age-old battle that challenges what it means to have faith in God and in man.
©2015 Claymore1745 Press (P)2017 Claymore1745 Press
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By Simone K on 08-08-17

Great Murder Mystery

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If you consume murder mystery content like I do, they can get pretty redundant pretty fast. "An Absence of Faith" however, was an interesting take on psychosis, faith, and one woman's journey towards stopping a senseless killing spree. The book features some strong female characters, which I always appreciate. It was a tight, fun read that I finished over the course of a day or two - I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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By pixledust on 07-28-17

Very Good Woman Detective Crime/Mystery Novel

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is well-written with great characters. Every character is likable and well-developed. The writing is memorable and descriptive. In one scene as the villain carves the meat, you are not sure if he is carving a victim or eating a steak. The action moves swiftly and there is both foreshadowing and suspense. While religious themes are an important part of the book, they are an organic part of it. It is not at all preachy and may be a bit graphic for some readers. It is a great story.

What other book might you compare An Absence of Faith to and why?

It reminds me of a Patricia Cornwell book. The story is good. The writing style is similar. It is both graphic and relatively clean like a Cornwell story.

Have you listened to any of Collene Curran’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but Collene Curran is a very good narrator. I did not notice her in the story which is the mark of a good narrator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, several. Spoiler alert***when the father jumps from the balcony, when Kate discovers she is pregnant, the heart-warming relationship Kate has with her niece, the romance scenes.... This book is well-written and has many moving scenes.

Any additional comments?

Great book. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from the author, narrator, or publisher.

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By Norma Miles on 08-28-17

Did I buy you with roses?

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A serial killer has started murdering and mutilating women in Queens, leaving behind a single red rose. From the beginning of this strange novel, we know who the killer is and, as the book progresses, we learn why he believes he is doing it. There is also a Catholic priest, devout but tearing himself apart because of promises made as a boy, and a detective duo, Kate and her partner of five years standing, Mike, who seem far more absorbed in the rights and wrongs of their growing romance than in bothering to work hard at solving the killings, prefering inspiration to investigation. There are a lot of introspective ramblings on the part of all of the main protagonist (though less from Mike), and constant detailed descriptions of what everyone was wearing and eating. The contrast, too, between the idyllic family life of Kate's sister and the sickly sweet little niece, and the grim horror of the killings was too extreme.

All that having been said, this is an unusual book of two parts and mostly enjoyable. Narrator Collene Curran was very good, although I did increase the delivery speed to 1.25 part way through as it seemed slightly too slow in pace. Her reading voice was clear and pleasant with distinctive interpretations of the various protagonists.

Overall, I enjoyed An Absence of Faith, which was freely gifted to me by the rights holder, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Would I recommend it to a friend? Probably not.

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